Enn Mellikov: lifework award adds enthusiasm
Enn Mellikov is a member of of Estonian Academy of Sciences and the professor of Chair of Semiconductor Materials Technology at the Tallinn University of Technology. Recently he was awarded a scientific award of the Republic of Estonia for his long-term fruitful research and development work. It is always pleasing to meet with approval and I am looking enthusiastically ahead regarding alternative energy and energy materials particulary, he said.
The largest share of Enn Mellikov’s scientific research has been connected with material science of complicated semiconductor compounds. More precisely his research has been directed to the development of new materials that can transform efficienly solar energy into electrical energy. During the last decade, Mellikov’s laboratory has been virtually the only one in the world which has been looking for the ways to increase the efficiency of solar panels with the help of powder-like materials. The advantage of the technology that has been developed is the low price of the preparation process of materials and the simplicity of bearing under-panel structures of the material. Answering the question about how far he has progressed in his dreams Prof Mellikov said that dreams should always be bigger than what has already been achieved. "This is the most important thing, I have always said that at least I can dream".
„Whereby being a material scientist, my main criterium has been how to use cheaper materials for the device formation and as a result to get higher effectivity of solar panel and cheaper electrical energy in the end," said Prof. Mellikov. The technologies created by his laboratory have been patented more than 60 times. In 2002-2006 the Department leaded by E. Mellikov was nominated as EU Centre of Excellence in Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, from 2007 Department belongs to the Solar Energy Centre of Excellence of Nordic Countries started operating. At the moment the Department belongs to two Estonian Centres of Excellence of Science. Mellikov is the member of the management board of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, of the Evaluation Committee of Estonian Science Agency. He represent Estonia in several Eu networks. More than ten master and PhD theses have been defended under his supervision. He is one of founders of companies Crystalsol GmbH, Crystalsol OÜ and new international master study Curricula in Sustainable Energetics at TTU and Tartu University.
The article was published on ERR portal on February 14th 2013.